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Old 04-07-2009, 06:37 PM   #1
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Ok, I get a plastic taste when drinking and even burps taste like plastic. Its not a HUGE difference but I definitely notice it. After one I become a bit used to the taste, but is this what they call "extract twang"? And will going AG get rid of that? And my equipment is all regular stuff, all precautions are taken, sanitation using proper tools and Ale Pail is the fermenter.

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Old 04-07-2009, 06:39 PM   #2
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How old is the beer?

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Old 04-07-2009, 06:41 PM   #3
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Is your fermenter food grade plastic? If not, this might be causing your issues. I have never used plastic fermenters, only glass, so I don't know if there is a difference in taste. I would think that food grade plastic would not impart any off flavors or chemicals.

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bottle or keg?

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beer aged 2 weeks, just sampled one. Not drinking til June 12th. Think that will mellow? and bottled them. And yes its food grade plastic, its the common Ale Pail.

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What kind of plastic? Is it like a Band-Aid taste?

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Couple things and aging will help whatever it is.

I don't think it is Extract Twang (ET). I feel ET is somewhat over used as an excuse for a bad flavor. I suppose you can get it with OLD Extract but . . . . it's probably something else.

Pale Ale's will show off anything wrong that happened. It COULD be young hops that have not fully mellowed in the beer, I've had that.

it could be water chemistry if you have hard water. Hard water makes it hard to brew lighter beer.

Could be tannin from squeezing the barley trying to get the last drops of sugar.

So it could be a number of things - HOWEVER - dimes to donuts it will go away with time. What kind of hops???

2 weeks after bottling or two weeks after the 3 week carbonation process??

I had a beer that was totally undrinkable. The last thing I would taste was aluminum. TWANG!!!!! I gave up on it and put it in a corner and 4 months later it was wonderful.

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Couple things and aging will help whatever it is.
If it's a Band-Aid taste, it's probably from chlorine/chloramines in the water. That tends not to age out much, if at all--but it's easy to avoid in the future by using campden tablets to treat the water.
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I am trying to taste it again because i think it was similar to band aids, but after a glass i cant taste it as much... i did add gypsum to make it hard is that bad? I think ill try the drops, they are at LHBS usually?

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My bet is chlorine/chloramine or phenols, but without a recipe and description of the OP's process that's little more than an educated guess.

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